BLACK ORCHID MURDERS

BY J.J. SALEM

Brenda Starr Mysteries Book #1

 

Coming SPRING 2017

The triumphant return of the groundbreaking, glamorous heroine of comics. Brenda Starr is back, reimagined for the 21st century and plunged into a new world of mystery, danger, and romance.
— Mike Madrid, The Supergirls and Divas, Dames & Daredevils

A string of high profile murders has the city’s media set on hyper alert. The crimes are the work of a calculating and deadly mastermind who operates in the shadows, leaving behind a mysterious signature with each lethal strike—a rare black orchid flower. 

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The chaos calls on Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Brenda Starr to leave her second career act as a TV pundit and return to the hard news beat. It’s a move that brings her face to face with ex-colleagues, ex-rivals . . . and ex-husband Basil St. John, the tycoon and rogue adventurer who proves to be as elusive and alluring as ever. 

Brenda Starr is back. And as the intensity of her investigation grows, so do the complications in her personal life—a romance with Chicago’s top sports anchor, unresolved feelings for Basil, and a feud with daughter Starr Twinkle, the 18-year-old rebel spirit who dreams of being a fearless journalist just like her mother. All too soon, a shocking discovery reveals the terrifying enormity of the killer’s end game. Now Brenda Starr must take decisive action to protect the people she loves the most—and save her own life. 


BRENDA STARR, REPORTER®: DAILIES & SUNDAYS, VOL. 1

 

Hermes Press adds yet another important title to its line-up of classic comic book and comic strip reprints with Brenda Starr, Reporter® by Dale Messick: The Collected Daily and Sunday Strips.

Brenda Starr, the world’s most famous fictional reporter and role model to scores of aspiring female journalists, headlines this reprint volume, starting with the strip’s debut on June 30, 1940. Created by Dale Messick, the first woman to create, draw and write a syndicated newspaper strip, Brenda Starr, Reporter® successfully mixed romance, fashion and adventure into one of the longest running features in newspaper history, ending in January 2011.

The first volume of this series reprints—for the first time—the first two Sunday storylines in full color. Hermes Press digitally restored these Sundays so that they look better than when they were first released. Also featured is the first “Man of Mystery” story featuring Brenda’s love interest, Basil St. John. 

Brenda Starr, Reporter® started as a Sunday-only strip but by October 22, 1945 a daily version of the feature also appeared. The first daily sequence is also featured in this first volume. 

Fans of classic comic strips and Brenda Starr, Reporter® can see one of the great newspaper features all over again, from the beginning.


BRENDA STARR: THE COMPLETE PRE-CODE COMIC BOOKS, VOL. 2

 

Before Fredric Wertham and The Seduction of the Innocent, before the Kefauver Hearings, and before the infamous Comics Code, the comic book racks at local drug stores and newsstands boasted a plethora of delights highlighted by the good girl adventures of the comic book version of Brenda Starr.

These four-color wonders displayed all the finer things loved by comic book buyers: good girls, bondage, a little torture, and other delectable things, which adults thought would corrupt the morals of young and impressionable readers. Now, for the first time in over fifty years, Brenda Starr fans can read and own these rare comics from another era, digitally restored to perfection and presented in an archival hardcover. Featuring artwork by the legendary Jerry Iger Studio and Brenda Starr creator Dale Messick, this volume presents the remaining four Brenda Starr pre-code entries (issues #9-12) and the very mod 60s version of Brenda drawn and scripted by the legendary Messick.


BRENDA STARR: THE COMPLETE PRE-CODE COMIC BOOKS, VOL. 1

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Before Fredric Wertham and The Seduction of the Innocent, before the Kefauver Hearings, and before the infamous Comics Code, the comic book racks at local drug stores and newsstands boasted a plethora of delights highlighted by the good girl adventures of the comic book version of Brenda Starr.

These four-color wonders displayed all the finer things loved by comic books buyers: good girls, bondage, a little torture, and other exciting things, which adults thought would corrupt the morals of young and impressionable readers (Brenda Starr cover art was even used as an example in SOTI).

Now for the first time in over 50 years, Brenda Starr fans can read and own these rare comics from another era, digitally restored to perfection and presented in an archival hardcover. Covers are by such noteworthy artists as EC Comics stalwart Jack Kamen and the legendary Matt Baker. In addition to presenting all of the Brenda Starr stories, this reprint also boasts all of the scintillating back up features found in these books as well. WARNING: Stories are not for the faint of heart! 

The first volume of this series will reprint, for the first time, the first eight issues of the Superior Comics Brenda Starr pre-code comics with art by Jack Kamen and Matt Baker. This volume also includes a historical essay and documentary material.